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Insteon® OutletLinc™ Dimmer Named Electronic House Product of the Year

Remote Control Dimmer Receptacle Tops Lighting Controllers Category 

 

January 11, 2012

IRVINE, Calif. - Las Vegas, NV - Electronic House (EH) announced that SmartLabs' OutletLinc Dimmer - Insteon Remote Control Dimmer has been awarded its Product of the Year in the Lighting Controllers Category. 

Each year, EH kicks off the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with its awards that are selected by a panel of industry leaders and the Editors of Electronic House and CE Pro. SmartLabs has garnered product of the year awards from EH in the past for its HouseLinc - Insteon Desktop Software (2006) and RemoteLinc - Insteon Wireless Remote Control (2007). 

"We are very excited to be recognized by Electronic House," commented Mike Scharnagl, Director of Marketing at SmartLabs. "Electronic House truly covers all aspects of the electronics industry, so for their panel and editors to recognize OutletLinc Dimmer among the best products of the year is tremendous."

OutletLinc Dimmer can be remotely activated from any Insteon controller, providing a clean, low-profile alternative to the standard plug-in modules. OutletLinc Dimmer uses a simple magnetic key to only provide power (and dimming) to lamps that you want to control. The key easily attaches to any lamp plug with no cutting of wires or modifications. The bottom outlet functions as a standard receptacle, rated at 15 Amps. Both top and bottom outlets are tamper resistant.

The simple-to-use OutletLinc Dimmer has advanced features like an adjustable ramp rate that slowly brings the lamp on and a preset dim level that stores your preferred choice of 32 brightness levels when turning the lamp on initially. The product is made to be installed in place of any wall receptacle and controls incandescent loads up to 300 Watts.

The OutletLinc Dimmer is available through retailers such as Smarthome.com and Amazon.com for $59.99.

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About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).


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SmartLabs Insteon-Compatible RemoteLinc Wireless Remote Control Wins Electronic House Product of the Year Award

New Handheld Remote Gives Users Control of Hardwired and Battery Operated Insteon Devices 

 

August 01, 2007

IRVINE, Calif. - SmartLabs, Inc.™, the world’s leading authority in home automation and control, has won the Electronic House Product of the Year Award for its newly introduced Insteon-compatible RemoteLinc wireless remote control. The success of the RemoteLinc is key to the development of the connected home as it clearly demonstrates that wireless RF and powerline devices can mutually co-exist and benefit each other to create the ultimate reliability solution for the connected home eco-system. 


“The release of RemoteLinc reaffirms SmartLabs’ commitment to the benefits of a dual mesh Insteon network which leverages both powerline and RF simulcast communications and creates a truly low cost, highly reliable, family of devices in the home,” said Dan Cregg, chief technology officer, SmartLabs. 

The power of the Insteon technology is its flexibility in allowing development of product and solutions for consumers that can be either RF, powerline or both thus adding to the Insteon networks simplicity, and affordability. This innovative strategy has allowed Insteon to gather more than 40% market share, since its debut two years ago according to West Technology Research Solutions. 

“With the release of the Insteon RemoteLinc, SmartLabs continues to fulfill the vision for the Insteon dual mesh (powerline and RF) that was outlined with the initial Insteon release in 2005,” said George West of West Technology Research Solutions. “The Insteon RemoteLinc extends the Insteon portfolio by providing untethered operation, enabled by the wireless component of the Insteon protocol. We expect that this is only the first of many RF enabled products coming to market utilizing Insteon technology.” 


The RemoteLinc is but another addition to the Insteon-compatible product community which today has over 1400 developers and 100 manufacturers ranging from home lighting, security, heating/air conditioning, and appliances. 

Electronic House magazine editors selected the RemoteLinc as its Product of the Year for its technical innovation, simplicity to use and overall value. 


The RemoteLinc wireless remote control is now available for $49.99 at www.smarthome.com. For more information about the award winning Insteon home control networking technology, please visit www.insteon.com.

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About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

About Smarthome™ 
Smarthome was created based on the realization of a need for automated products that make lives easier, safer and more enjoyable. Today, Smarthome sells more than 13,000 hard-to-find products, including home automation solutions featuring award-winning Insteon technology. Smarthome sells online through its award-winning website at Smarthome.com, its direct mail catalog, its partners - such as Amazon, New Egg, Crutchfield and Tiger Direct, and its brick and mortar retail store located in Irvine, CA.

 

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SmartLabs Partners With Leading Electronic Home Control Software Companies to Add Insteon to Home Control Software

New Applications for Mac and PC Give Users Greater Flexibility in Managing Insteon-Enabled Devices

January 5, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. - SmartLabsTM Inc., the world’s leading authority in electronic home improvement and automation, today announced that two leading electronic home control software companies, Perceptive Automation, the maker of Indigo home automation software, and Home Automated Living (HAL), the leader in voice-controlled digital home systems integration software, have embraced the Insteon protocol and have developed new applications for managing Insteon-enabled home control devices. Software developers like HAL and Perceptive Automation can license the Insteon protocol at no cost.

Insteon is a dual-mesh (powerline and radio frequency) home control networking technology optimized for home management and control. Simple, affordable and reliable, Insteon links together core home systems such as lighting, security, comfort control, consumer electronics, appliances and safety sensors for remote monitoring and control.

Perceptive Automation’s Indigo software is being used as a home control server for the Apple Macintosh. Indigo allows users to remotely control lights, fans, appliances, sprinklers and other home systems and devices. It also integrates SmartLabs Insteon- enabled in wall keypad with iTunes to manage and customize music remotely. Users don't have to go to the computer to management the music; they can simply use the programmed keypad to make choices and changes. It is an end-to-end streaming media solution.

Perceptive Automation turned to Insteon in an effort to find a replacement for legacy technologies such as X-10. Insteon's ability to transport messages by peer-to-peer simulcasting with error detection, message confirmation and automatic retries was attractive, and because Insteon devices all have unique addresses and automatically act as simulcasting repeaters, the network requires no configuration or routing controllers.

“SmartLabs has been very cooperative and open with the Insteon standard and protocol specifications, and Insteon met the price point and technology demands of our customers,” said Matt Bendiksen of Perceptive Automation. “The technology is very robust and offers a ‘true mesh’ experience without the overhead and complexity found in routed solutions.” 

SmartLabs is also working with HAL. HAL software functions like an operating system for the home, enabling users to control their homes—and all the technology inside—remotely. Using any number of interfaces such as a web browser, touchscreen or HAL’s speaker-independent speech interface gives the user total control of home systems such as lights, appliances, climate, home theater, security and telephone. 

“Insteon delivers a stable platform that solves the reliability problems found in older technologies,” said Tim Shriver, president of HAL. “We offer a seamless solution that interconnects devices and systems mirroring SmartLabs’ Insteon solution, and the fact that we as software developers get the Insteon protocol for free allows a lot of design flexibility.” 

“With support for Insteon now incorporated into Indigo software for the Macintosh and HAL for the PC, homeowners will be able to take advantage of powerful new Mac- and PC-based home control applications that enable greater flexibility and more complex programming of their Insteon-enabled devices,” said Ken Fairbanks, SmartLabs VP of Business Development. “We’re pleased that these software leaders have recognized the value of Insteon. The partnerships will strengthen the appeal of our respective product offerings, helping to further grow the electronic home improvement market.”

Representatives from both HAL and Perceptive Automation will be demonstrating their Insteon-compatible solutions during CES (Jan. 5-8) at the SmartLabs partner pavilion, South Hall 2/26424. SmartLabs executives will also be available for press and analyst briefings. Contact Michelle Laird at 503-705-4577 or mlaird@olearypr.com to make an appointment, or stop by booth South Hall 2/26424. 

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About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

 

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